Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders will meet again to find a way out of the state government shutdown. Meanwhile, lobbyists, union representatives and special interest groups are descending on the Capitol. (07/18/2011)
Until lawmakers approve a new budget early this week, 22,000 state employees will remain out of work along with thousands of private sector workers. (07/18/2011)
The start of an anticipated special session to end the state governor shutdown is uncertain, as budget committee chairs and commissioners continued meeting on several key spending bills. (07/17/2011)
The two sides are meeting in private and the public is locked out of the Capitol. At stake is billions of dollars of spending for schools, health care and aid to cities and counties. (07/16/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislative leaders have finally agreed on how to balance the Minnesota state budget. How will they do it? They plan to borrow the money. (07/15/2011)
The state budget deal brewing between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders involves a lot of debt, including perhaps borrowing $700 million by tapping future tobacco settlement payments. (07/15/2011)
Frequently asked questions about how the budget framework affects state services. (07/15/2011)
A key backer of the Vikings stadium bill is ruling it out of a special session called to fix Minnesota's budget stalemate. (07/15/2011)
All Things Considered speaks with State Rep. and Assistant Majority Leader Kurt Daudt and DFL Sen. Sandra Pappas about the efforts of legislative leaders to work with Gov. Mark Dayton to hammer out details of the budget outline agreement announced yesterday. (07/15/2011)
Republican leaders of the Legislature are confident they have the votes to pass the bills that make up the budget framework they and Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to on Thursday. (07/15/2011)
With a budget framework now in hand, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders went to work Friday, trying to fill in the details of a two-year spending plan that will end the state government shutdown. (07/15/2011)
As negotiators work out details to end Minnesota's state government shutdown, reaction to the potential deal is mixed among state residents. We sampled the sentiment of people in the Bemidji area today. (07/15/2011)
The budget agreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders appears to ease funding cuts to the state's public colleges. (07/15/2011)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called state employees the "real heroes" of the budget stalemate and shutdown and said he's hopeful they will get back pay to make up for lost wages. During an appearance on MPR's Midday program, Dayton said he hoped to call lawmakers back into special session on Monday to approve the budget deal and end the shutdown. (07/15/2011)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton made the move that will likely end the state government shutdown by accepting a Republican budget offer -- with a few new conditions -- that he had initially rejected two weeks ago. (Midday, 07/15/2011)

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